One Dead, Three Injured in Shooting

SIGNAL HILL, CA—Angered at a reduction in work hours, an employee of Kenyon Press shot three co-workers on March 5 before taking his own life.

The man, reported to be 68-year-old Jose Mendez, used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot three fellow employees, the same people who had helped him obtain employment at the custom design menu printing facility, the Associated Press reported. He walked past a superior en route to shooting the workers before shooting himself, the AP said.

Mendez had reportedly been distraught over a reduction in hours that had been implemented six months ago and impacted all employees, but had kept him out of work entirely for at least a month and a half, the AP said.

At the families’ request, no information on the victims’ condition was available, according to Neil Taylor, owner of Kenyon Press. Taylor did note that two of the three wounded employees had been released from the hospital. Neither had returned to work as of March 14.

Kenyon Press has served the hospitality industry since 1951.

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